Grateful Dead

November 17 - November 23, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we mentioned last week, we’re going to stay in 1972 and 1973 this week here at the Tapers’ Section, but hold onto your hats, as we have some great material from those two mighty fine years.

First up is music from 11/18/72 in Houston, Texas, with this exceptional Playing In The Band. I’ve said it before and will say it again, this is one of my favourite versions, of one of my favourite songs, so it’s a real pleasure to share it here. It may have made an appearance here at the Tapers’ Section in the past, but it’s never bad to get a refresher on great music.

At the same venue in Houston the very next night, 11/19/72, we have the nice big second set jam featuring Dark Star>Weather Report Suite Prelude>Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo. These early WRS Preludes would occasionally pop into jams from about 1971 onward, until Bobby would join the prelude to Part 1 and Let It Grow in August/September 1973.

Next we have another of the finest jams of 1973, the magnificent Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band>Morning Dew>Uncle John’s Band>Playing In The Band sandwich from 11/17/73 at UCLA. This was the second of the three versions of this jam played (the others being 11/10/73 and 3/23/74), and some consider it the best, although all three are very special.

Lastly we have ANOTHER outstanding late 1973 jam featuring Mississippi Half Step>Playing In The Band>El Paso>Playing In The Band>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band>Morning Dew. This and the previous selection from 11/17/73 demonstrate why I consistently call the two month period spanning 10/19/73 to 12/19/73 the greatest two month stretch in the Grateful Dead’s performing history.

Next week we’ll have music from 1973, 1979 and 1980, so don’t be late: same time, same place. See you then, we hope.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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does it every time

finally getting to the rest of the selections... delectable, majestic stuff this week, every minute of it. I love being a Deadhead.

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11/17/73

I used to regularly blast this dose of beautiful jamming for anyone who would listen. I love when GD music takes me back to a very specific time - I remember getting into my car with a buddy on the Univ of Cincinnati campus one morning, popping this in the deck, and after a few minutes having my buddy exclaim in delight, " What the hell is this?"
I had the same experience last night with a great UJB from 77 - remembering driving through the streets of my hometown one autumn, looking at the leaves while listening to that particular tape of good ol GD.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the taper's section! Two years and going strong. Thanks DL.

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P.S. WRP meant to show that

P.S. WRP meant to show that Weather Report Prelude was going on...so you all don't fight again, lol!
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WRP

Wow, can't imagine the sweetness that this could have brought...Thanks jerryair for pointing this out!
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Weather Report Suite

7/21/72 had a WRS Prelude in it, although it's not always on the set lists. DeadLists.com shows it I think. I was there and remember it well because Bobby, shall we say, didn't do it too well and ended it in a bit of apologetic laughter.

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Bobby Rules!!!!!

The final Missisippi Half-Step is a fine example of the world's greatest rhythm guitar player. Totally awesome. The rest of the band is pretty good too!

Jerry

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Hey Now

Listening to another version of Half Step...Wow, just imagine the sparkling, twirling, ecstatic people flowing to this music...I know that I will never be able to go back into time and be there. I do know that this is the only way I will ever get to being close....Keep PLAYING IN THE BAND David and thanks for the delectable picks of the era.
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11/19/72 Houston

The featured selection from Hofheinz does represent some of the Dead's best performance and is one of my favorite recorded shows. I think that the improvisations made with the new compositions released in 1973 are even better. Eyes of the World, in particular, during 1973 and 1974, is absolutely wonderful. The band sure had evolved.

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Rhino - please get the vault biz going, now

let's hope the only reason that Europe 72 SBs have gone unheard here is that there are further plans for official product; they would be crazy not to be considering a big final archival multi CD release of the remaining nuggets. Rhino has wasting assets on its hands now, we fans who still pay for music are getting on in years.... I am almost 50, and relatively young compared to deadheads who got the scene going in the high-glory years. We have multiple financial, time and passion priorities now, and many of us won't be buying this music much longer. I no longer buy every GD vault release, skipped the Winterland '73 for example. I spend a fair amount on Zappa vault stuff too. (I agree totally that '72 is the apex performance year, '73-74 doesn't really come close. I go with DP 36 as best all-time release.) They need to crank it up. Cheers, Dan

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